BJJ Michigan

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is an effective and sophisticated martial art specializing in ground fighting that has been taught and refined in Brazil for the past 85 years. This is a combat proven method of self-defense which has evolved and been tested in countless no-rules fights, challenge matches, mixed martial arts and sport competitions. Through it all, the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu continues to be unsurpassed. This method of fighting is based upon the principles of leverage and movement.

It will teach you how to control, stabilize, and escape from any position whether standing or on the ground. At the same time you will also learn the best ways to subdue a larger and stronger opponent by incorporating armlocks, chokes, sweeps, reversals, takedowns, throws and leglocks. With an emphasis on grappling rather than striking, students are able to practice with varying levels of intensity, without the threat of serious injuries which can occur more often in martial arts focused on punching and kicking. The pure art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is about technique and leverage over size and strength.


Jiu jitsu for kids in michigan

Our KIDS BJJ/BULLY FREE program is one of  the most important programs we offer at the MDBJJ Academy. With the recent national focus on bullying, it is now, more important than ever to prepare our kids who will have to deal with it.

Our KIDS BJJ/BULLY FREE program will give your son or daughter the invaluable tools they need to deal with the verbal and physical aspects of bullying without ever throwing a punch or kick.

The National Education Association estimates nearly 160,000 kids miss school every day in the United States due to fear of intimidation and bullying.   This is likely a conservative estimate since the NEA suggests that less than 15% of kids actually report acts of bullying.

Kids continue to be bullied in school despite efforts to control it. It happens frequently and can have devastating consequences on the child’s school performance as well as their psychological development. Our Kids BJJ/ Bully Free Program is designed to teach kids simple yet effective martial arts skills that are appropriate for them to use. At the same time, our Bully Free Program also stresses development of thinking and interactive skills to prevent actual fights from occurring.

Our Bully Free program has three main objectives:

  1. Boost Confidence: Bullies are less likely to target self-confident children. As your child sees themselves increasing their skill their confidence will rise. Our experienced instructors instill this confidence by using positive reinforcement and teaching techniques that will neutralize the attack of a larger opponent.
  2. Increase Awareness: Harassment from bullies can be physical or verbal and delivered at various intensity levels, which each have an appropriate level of response. In each lesson, we focus on teaching your child to recognize and respond to the most common physical and verbal bully behaviors.
  3. Be Ready: We prepare our students for every common contingency and develop the skills they need to deal with potentially dangerous situations. When your child is prepared he or she will not tolerate harassment from a bully.

Remember, bullying is not a normal part of growing up. Help your child develop the necessary tools to stick up for themselves and others.

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Little Grapplers (ages 5-7)

At this age, children are not interested in learning martial arts, but they sure don’t mind “playing” martial arts. In the Little Grapplers class, the kids  “play” many grappling games  in which we secretly teach the children essential self-defense techniques. By playing the fun and challenging grappling games, children develop strong reflexes in the execution of the basic techniques, as they unconsciously learn the foundational principles of leverage and control. Once a child masters the Little Grapplers class, or turns 8 years old, we promote them to the Junior BJJ class.

Junior BJJ (ages 8-12)

Since bullying is most prevalent in this age group, we teach the children in the Junior BJJ classes the essential techniques they must know in order to defend themselves if physically attacked by a bully. The best part about the techniques is that they are totally non-violent, and are only applied in response to the physical aggression of a bully, ensuring that the techniques are never used for the wrong reason. Unlike most martial arts, which are unnecessarily violent, we do not use any punches or kicks. Instead, we teach the children to use leverage to establish control over the bully until help arrives. Once a child learns these techniques, they no longer have to live in fear, and the increased confidence this gives them is the single most effective deterrent to bullies.

Self Defense Classes for Women in Michigan

Womens Self-Defense – [More Content Coming Soon]

Boxing MMA in Michigan

Boxing, also called pugilism, is a combat sport in which two people fight each other using their fists for competition. Boxing is typically supervised by a referee engaged in during a series of one- to three-minute intervals called rounds, and boxers generally of similar weight. There are four ways to win; if the opponent is knocked out and unable to get up before the referee counts to ten seconds (a knockout, or KO) or if the opponent is deemed too injured to continue (a Technical Knockout, or TKO), if an opponent is disqualified for breaking a rule, or if there is no stoppage of the fight before an agreed number of rounds, a winner is determined either by the referee’s decision or by judges’ scorecards.

Boxing is one of the two dominant forms of striking in today’s Mixed Martial Arts. We offer this course for those students whom are looking to transition into MMA or just looking for a great workout.


In this class you will be taught the fundamentals of Boxing.  All students will be taught from the ground up.  You will learn proper hand wrapping, stance, footwork, punching techniques, blocking techniques, evasion movements, combinations and strategies.  Students will use heavy bags, double end bags, speed bags, mitt training, partner drills and much more.  Intermediate students will be introduced to light/controlled sparring.

MMA & Kick-Boxing Michigan

Muay Thai Kickboxing is a combat sport  from Thailand that uses stand-up striking along with various clinching techniques. Muay Thai is referred to as the “Art of Eight Limbs” or the “Science Of Eight Limbs” because it makes use of punches, kicks, elbows and knee strikes, thus using eight “points of contact”, as opposed to “two points” (fists) in boxing and “four points” (hands and feet) used in sport-oriented martial arts.

Muay Thai is one of the two dominant forms of striking in today’s Mixed Martial Arts. We offer this course for those students whom are looking to transition into MMA or just looking for a great workout.


In this class you will learn fundamentals of Muay Thai including proper stance, footwork, basic punches, kicks, the rear straight knee, and basic elbow techniques. Techniques are practiced via various partner and solo drills. Students are given an introduction to the proper use of Thai pads, focus mitts and belly pad. Students will use these training tools in class, with a partner, and begin to put together basic techniques. Your level of fitness, both cardiovascular and muscle strength will improve with consistent training and prepare you for the next class level. Intermediate level students will be introduced to the Muay Thai clinching techniques and begin light/controlled sparring.

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